Part 1: How to Put the Top 18 2015 B2B Content Marketing Trends to Work for You Before Year End

Earlier this year, we compiled our gargantuan list of 2015 digital marketing predictions and trends as published by leaders in the industry. These included Vloggers and Gamification, to Augmented Reality and whether or not Businesses were questioning the benefits of Facebook. And while this periodic table covered digital marketing predictions, we realized that the common thread that tied the most successful trends together was content marketing. This drove us to capture some of the best practices in content marketing and compile a list of 2015 content marketing statistics. We’ve taken a look at what we’ve seen, and 18 content marketing trends
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24 Content Marketing Best Practices to Promote Your Killer Business App (and a few tools to help you do it)

While there is nothing terribly complicated about developing a content marketing plan for your app, getting all the right pieces done right—and at the right time—can actually be a lot to manage. But it’s worth it. Consider these stats: Revenue from apps in the US will soar to $76.5 BILLION in 2017 90% of American adults own a cell phone 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.” With these kinds of numbers, it’s no wonder you’ve considered developing a game-changing business app. But how do you market it? That’s a question I
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SEO for Content Marketing in 2015 (or how we got on the first page of Google in 24 hours)

Background/Results As part of a new series on why and how content marketing works (or doesn’t), we recently talked about 7 places your content marketing strategy could go wrong, and how to fix it. In doing some research for that piece, I discovered something shocking: according to a May 2015 Study by Gleanster, “mid-to-large B2B organizations lose an estimated $958M each year in inefficient and ineffective content marketing.” Wow. The report goes on to say that “B2B firms spend over $5.2B a year on content creation efforts”. That’s almost a 20% waste of resources and energy. In talking to a
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7 Reasons Why Your Content Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working and How to Turn it Around

120 Years since John Deer first published The Furrow, it’s well established that effective content marketing methodologies work. There are plenty of posts out there about content marketing that focus on the appropriate approach (at a high level), but don’t dig into specifics on what works or what doesn’t. This week, I’ll take a look at what content marketing methodologies you should be considering, what your marketing stack looks like, and where your content marketing programs might fail. Like anything else, content marketing has some fairly universally accepted methodologies. While there are no guarantees in content marketing, if you aren’t incorporating
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When Should I Start a Content Marketing Program for My Technology Company?

I recently had a conversation with the founder of a technology company (fill in industry here—I’ve actually had this exact conversation—literally—with 7 different technology companies in the last 5 weeks). They were referred to us by a mutual connection based on their need (increase in qualified sales leads), and what we provide to technology clients (more, and better nurtured sales leads). They wanted to talk to us about marketing their company. Tell me if this sounds familiar: “We’ve never engaged with a content marketing agency before—we haven’t had to. We’ve grown our business to $X Million in revenues through word-of-mouth
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9 Things Buyer Personas Can Do for Sales and Marketing in 2015

True story: we were sitting around the table with a client a few months back talking about a few new blog post ideas. We’d been hired to replace an underperforming marketing agency a few weeks before, and were looking for some simple customer-related background information to start crafting new content. The client was an international technology company that had been struggling with sales in the US, and their content marketing efforts over the previous 2 years had been robust, but netted little in the way of results. Yes, some of the content had resulted in traffic, but few of those
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Squeeze More Juice Out of SEO as its Position in Your Digital Marketing Toolkit Changes in 2015

According to a poll conducted by Smart Insights only 4.3% of digital marketers polled named SEO as the most commercially important digital marketing trend in 2015. Why would we include it? That 4.3% doesn’t include how many people see it as the 2nd or 3rd most important trend. We all know that ranking in search is important, and the more relevant our content is to the person searching, the better chance we have of developing a sales lead. But what worked a year or two ago, doesn’t—or it’s less effective today. Don’t just take my word for it. SEO is definitely
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4 Tips for Leveraging the “New” Real-Time Marketing

Social media has quickly become the first place people turn for quick news updates – whether it is weather, sports, or entertainment related, you’re hitting your social media feeds. Today, that’s the norm – if you want breaking news, chances are that you’ll find it on social media versus traditional news channels. This is where real-time marketing comes in. Real-time marketing, as defined by marketing expert Ekaterina Walter, is “about raising awareness, creating demand and furthering the brand’s mission through connecting with customers in a meaningful way, in the right place, at the right time, through relevant content.” In 2013,
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2015 Periodic Table of Digital Marketing Predictions and Trends

As a marketer, you’ve experienced the influx of marketing predictions and forecasted trends that are out there. But how difficult has it been to stay on top of all the emails, blogs and reports and still get your day-to-day responsibilities accomplished? Exactly. It is nearly impossible to stay ahead of all of the information, not to mention make sense of it all so you can do something smart with it. That’s why the team here at MESH took January to do our research and aggregate all of the data to create this easy-to-digest periodic table of digital marketing predictions and
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Your 2015 Marketing Strategy, Courtesy of Bill Belichick

While the NFL still tries to wrap its head around the genius Patriots formation that no one has seen before, we wonder if there are valuable lessons for marketers here. What Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots did on Saturday has been called deceitful by some and smart by others. If you ask Tom Brady, you’ll hear: “Maybe those guys gotta study the rulebook and figure it out.” The question is: Are there takeaways for today’s leading marketers? Is it time to get more imaginative with your marketing playbook? With the ushering in of a new year (hello 2015)
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Infographic: Tomorrow’s Business Needs These 4 Elements to “Win”

MESH SAAS infographiContinuing the theme of publishing an infographic for some of our more data driven posts, we are following up our article on the Secret to Tomorrow’s Business is SAAS: Speed, Agility, Authority, and Sharing. While speed and agility can often trump size, cooperation can certainly best control. This infographic answers the questions:

  1. What are the components of a successful digital strategy?
  2. What will a 10% increase in data accessibility translate into for sales for a Fortune 1,000 company?
  3. What kind of ROI do marketers see from tracking real-time marketing.

We answer these questions and more here. Check it out, share it, and let us know what you think!

How The C-Suite Can Leverage Big Data to Create More Customer-Centric Businesses

Almost everywhere we go and in almost everything we do, we leave a trail of data. Every single one of our daily transactions that involves electronics in any form (and many that don’t) registers in a data set somewhere.  To a savvy business person, this data, this Big Data, can be a gold mine. Never in the history of the world has there been more stored information about what people do and what people want than there is right now. If knowledge is power, then we are truly in a golden age. According to IBM, the well of data grows
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The Secret to Tomorrow’s Business is SAAS (and not how you might think): Speed, Agility, Authority, Sharing

New technologies are changing the ways in which we do almost everything in business: HR is learning to manage an extended workforce with ever-increasing customization; customer relationships and customer experiences are being personalized and scrutinized like never before; refashioned supply chains have removed much of the divide between distributors, manufacturers, suppliers and consumers. Each of these changes brings with it new demands and expectations, which have driven enormous evolution in the tools businesses use to communicate with and market to each other. It’s also driven fragmentation and stress in the C-suite—forcing companies to think about (or rethink) their digital strategy.
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Infographic: 15 Facts Every Manager Should Know About Big Data

MESH BigData InfographicFollowing up on our last infographic about who’s managing big data in your organization, we decided to step back and pull together some great data on—well—big data. In addition to defining big data, we’ve pulled together some great statistics and facts that will help provide you with some ammunition in your current, ongoing internal (or external) conversations about leveraging big data to help make your business more customer centric and digital.

Infographic: Who is Helping Your Business Leverage Big Data to Become Customer Centric

Infographic on Chief Digital Officer (CDO)As technology moves, and players like Google release tools like Flume, MillWheel, Google Cloud Dataflow, Big Data is no longer just a buzzword, but a critical tool for all aspects of agile business. No longer can you afford to let the flow of Big Data pass you by; your business needs to tap into this resource to live. But who manages Big Data? Who uses it to make actionable change in your organization? The following infographic might help you understand if your business is in need of a Chief Digital Officer.